Julian Assange can raise the extradition appeal to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gives a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, ​​in central London, Britain February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was told on Monday that he may go to the UK High Court to challenge a decision allowing his extradition to the United States to face 18 criminal charges, including that of breaking an espionage law.

US authorities want Assange, 50, to stand trial for 18 alleged crimes related to WikiLeaks’ publication of vast US military files and confidential diplomatic cables that US officials say have put lives in danger.

In December, the High Court of Justice and Wales in London overturned a lower court’s decision that he should not be extradited because his mental health problems posed a suicide risk.

Although the justices denied him permission to appeal his decision directly to the High Court, they said his case raised an issue of legal importance that he could ask the UK’s highest court to rule on.

“The defendant’s request to certify a matter of law is granted,” the court said. “The defendant’s request for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court is denied.”

This means that the Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not to hear your challenge.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Kate Holton, translated by José Muñoz in the Gdansk newsroom)


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